Today in Labor History: Weekend Edition; Labor Video

2015.08.03-history-gurley.flynnToday in Labor History: Weekend Edition
August 7—Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Wobbly organizer, born – 1890
August 8—Cesar Chavez is posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, becoming the first Mexican-American ever to receive the honor – 1994
(The Fight in the Fields: No man in this century has had more of an impact on the lives of Hispanic Americans, and especially farmworkers, than the legendary Cesar Chavez. Born to migrant workers in 1927, he attended 65 elementary schools before finishing 7th grade, the end of his formal education. Through hard work, charisma and 2015.08.03-history-fight.fieldsuncommon bravery he moved on to become founder and leader of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) and to win a degree of justice for tens of thousands of workers… and to set a moral example for the nation.)
August 9—A fire and resultant loss of oxygen when a high pressure hydraulic line was cut with a torch in a Titan missile silo near Searcy, Ark., kills 53 people, mostly civilian repairmen – 1965
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2015.08.03-video-oshaLabor Video: Young Workers’ Rights
You have rights on the job, and your employer has the responsibility to provide a safe workplace. OSHA wants you to have a safe and rewarding work experience. Click here to watch the video.